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Looking for practical tips, tricks, and how-tos?  Look no further than our blog - topics explore all sorts of typical garden problems, questions, and solutions for the Alameda County gardener. Read the blog...

How to Tell What’s Digging and Eating in Your Garden

  Learn how to identify some of the creatures that may be causing havoc in your garden, and some ways to control the damage.  Read the full blog...

DIY Plant Doctoring

Summer Pests
Did you ever wonder how the Help Desk magic of the Master Gardeners happens? Here are some clues about how the Help Desk answers unfold, using six common summer pests as examples. Read the blog...

Thirsty Plants in Time of Drought

Residential water restrictions during drought times require gardeners to know how to keep their plants alive while conserving water. Learn more through examples from one Albany, Ca-based gardener... read more

8 Water-Wise Tips You Can Start Today

Irrigation Timer in Raised Planter at City Slicker Farms in Oakland, CA
Irrigation Timer in Raised Planter at City Slicker Farms in Oakland, CA
There are 8 easy steps you can take to save landscaping water right now that will have a significant impact and don’t take much time or cost. Read more

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Your Alameda County Garden, Month-by-Month

Monthly Tips from Master Gardeners on gardening tasks you can do each month to make your garden healthy, beautiful and productive.

Advice to grow by. Just ask us!

The photos above illustrate the color progression from pale to intense yellow-green, from green to red in the Hydrangea, and ultimately to the smoky-r

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    • Problem description - if applicable: name of the plant, when the problem began, history of watering, fertilizing, pruning, pesticides, etc.
    • Photographs of the problem, if possible
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